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What to Expect: A Blue Star Baby Shower

Feb 23, 2024

11:00 am PST - 2:00 pm PST

Registration is full – please click this link to join the waitlist. If a spot opens up, we will contact you directly. Thank you!

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It's a baby shower you will never forget!

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*Doors open for registered guests at 10:30am to mix, mingle and talk with vendors! Event kicks off promptly at 11am! 

Together with Heidi Murkoff, author of What to Expect When You're Expecting and founder of What to Expect Project, we are hosting an event for expecting and new military parents on Friday, February 23, 2024. Join us at American Lake Conference Center from 11am-2pm for a celebration of YOU and this momentous new chapter of your life! 

We will have local support and resources, games, and a Q&A with Heidi. Every attendee will receive a swag bag and a signed copy of her book! PLUS a chance to win raffles and door prizes!

PRIZES INCLUDE:

AND SO MUCH MORE!!!!

RSVP now! We cannot wait to celebrate YOU!

***Space is limited. Attendees must be active-duty, Guard, Reserve, Veteran, or a spouse of these categories. Attendees must also currently be expecting or have given birth within the past 6 months. 

***Questions about the event or registration? Take a look at our FAQ page here!***


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About Heidi Murkoff

Heidi Murkoff is the creator of the world’s most popular pregnancy and parenting brand, What to Expect. The first book in her iconic series, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, dubbed the “pregnancy bible,” has more than 22 million copies in print. Now in its 5th editionthe book is the longest-running title of all time on The New York Times bestseller list. The What to Expect series has sold over 42 million copies, published in 44 languages in 38 countries. 

In 2005, Heidi expanded the What to Expect (WTE) brand online with WhatToExpect.com, which currently registers over 60% of U.S. pregnancies and features the #1 rated pregnancy app in the App Store. WhatToExpect.com is home to an active and engaged community of more than 20 million moms, with an average of 800,000 new posts each month, a new post every two seconds, and the average user visiting 14 times a month. 

Heidi’s passionate commitment to the health and wellbeing of moms and babies led her to found the What to Expect Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring that every mom, no matter where she lives, the color of her skin, or her ability to pay, receives the respectful, responsive, nurturing continuum of reproductive care she needs before, during and after pregnancy to deliver a healthy beginning and healthy future to herself and the baby she loves. 

From increasing access to doulas, midwifes and other essential health and community workers, to reducing preventable maternal mortality and morbidity, stillbirth, and infant mortality. WTEP works closely with policymakers and other stakeholders across the political spectrum at the local, state, national, and global level to increase equity and remove barriers to essential reproductive, preconception, maternal health and maternal mental health care and services for all our most at-risk and underserved moms. This includes Black and American Indian/Alaskan Native moms, rural moms and urban moms living in maternal healthcare deserts, as well as incarcerated moms. Military moms, both active duty and spouses, are another major policy priority for Heidi and WTEP. 

In 2013 Heidi, Erik and the What to Expect Project partnered with the USO to create Special Deliverya program that celebrates and supports expectant military moms serving far from family and friends. Heidi has hosted over 300 baby showers — complete with lunch, games, gifts, a Q&A and lots of hugs — for more than 25,000 military moms, both active duty and spouses, around the world, from Germany to Japan, Korea to Guam, Texas to Kansas, Alaska to North Carolina. The work continues in partnership with the US Marine Corps, hosting showers at Marine Corps bases.  On June 23, 2022, Heidi and Erik received the Elizabeth and Zachary Fisher Distinguished Civilian Humanitarian Award for their support of military families They were nominated by the US Navy and were presented with the award on behalf of the Department of Defense by the Secretary of the US Air Force, Hon Frank Kendall at a ceremony at the Pentagon.

The What to Expect Project has expanded its mission globally to reach the most vulnerable moms around the world. Heidi and Erik have traveled to some of the world’s most devasted areas, including South Sudan, Sierra Leone, the Somali and Syrian borders, Bangladesh, and rural India, working with International Medical Corps and Jhpiego to help deliver desperately needed maternal healthcare and training.

In 2015, The What to Expect Project debuted the social media advocacy campaign #BumpDay in collaboration with WhatToExpect.com. This hugely successful and impactful campaign celebrates beautiful bumps and healthy pregnancies around the world, while raising awareness about and calling for action on the overwhelming need for more equitable maternal health care. 

 

In 2011, Heidi was named one of the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World. She has also been honored by Smithsonian Associates with the prestigious John P. McGovern Award, which recognizes contributions to American families, and has been inducted into the Books for a Better Life Hall of Fame.  In 2015, she received the International Medical Corps Humanitarian award, and in 2021, she and Erik were honored with the Jhpiego Visionary Award

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